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Halloween Nerding

Because the nerds of the world would have interest, here is my Halloween costume! I’m the 10000-foot giantess standing on the left:

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m dressed as Psylocke, of X-Men fame. This was an idea that I originally thought of years and years ago, when I was in middle school and was buying X-Men comic books on the sporadic occasions when I could do so without my mom being there to stop me. Of course, being an awkward, overweight tween who didn’t know how to sew, I was in no position to do it at the time. But oh, I definitely dreamed of being pretty and skinny enough to pull off the role.

For some reason, as I was dreaming up costume ideas for this year, I remembered that old dream, and decided to take the plunge. And let me tell you, I was training my butt off in preparation for this one… it’s not every day I run around town in a form-fitting leather suit!

My original thought was to make it myself, but, truth be told, I’d have had no time to sew the thing. I’ve also never built such a form-fitting outfit before, either, so I called in some outside help. The suit was custom-made for me from faux leather, by a clothing designer friend of mine, Nina of Sweetz Clothing. I didn’t want a cheap-looking spandex outfit, so I gave her the parameters of what I wanted, and she did an amazing job creating it!

Also of note is the gloves on my hand, one of which you can see in the photo. What you can’t see in the photo is that there was purple EL Wire on the back of my hand, which would light up when I made a fist. This idea was also of my own design, and I worked out a trade with another friend of mine, Shannon of Polymath Design Lab. I’m redesigning her web site, and she sourced the components and turned my idea into a functioning reality. So cool!

Also worth mentioning is Abibat of Tabiba Styles, who’s one of the makeup artists I work with. She gave me a killer deal for doing my makeup, and it looked awesome! Worlds better than my own attempt on Friday night, that’s for sure.

I’m pretty proud of this outfit, and I love that people who know the character recognized me right off the bat, so I may trot this out again for PAX 2010. Small revisions are definitely in order, though, should I wear this again in the future. I must find *some* way of keeping the damned arm and leg bands from falling off. Double-sided tape didn’t do the trick, and I was getting annoyed at fussing with them constantly. Maybe stitching the leg bands to the nylons…?

So yeah, Halloween was fun! But I’m thinking that I DEFINITELY have to dress as something clever and dorky next year. Between FFX-2 Yuna, Xianghua, Bruce Lee, Chun Li, and now Psylocke, I think I’ve just about worn out the Ass-Kicking Hot Person theme. 😉 I’ll also hopefully dress as something that a majority of people will recognize. I completely lost count of how many times I had to say, “Psylocke from X-Men. Comic books, not movies,” on Halloween night.

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